He has studied with Mary Neely, Kevin Menck, Booth Malone, Bill Fletcher, Jay Moore, and Yvonne Todd. He is the founder of the Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass and a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. He has a studio in Artist's Attic Studios and Gallery on Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky.
LAL (Lexington Art League): What choices or influences in your life inspired you to become an artist?
DM: (Dan McGrath): My mother occasionally sketched animals when I was young and was supportive of my drawing.
LAL: What are your motives for creating new art?
DM: I love the outdoors and became a plein air painter to capture the landscape. It's both challenging and relaxing, but also hard work. I try to stretch myself and continually improve
LAL: What media do you typically work in? What appeals to you the most about those media?
DM: Oil: it's easy to correct mistakes, I like the texture of oil paint, the ability to create various edges (lost and found).
LAL: What inspired the creation of Late Summer Fields?
DM: Taking a road trip in eastern Fayette county looking for landscapes. I love trees and fields and hay bales. This composition had good eye travel through the view/painting.
LAL: What went into the creation of Late Summer Fields for the Here and Now: Selections from the Artist Archive?
DM: I didn't create it specifically for Here and Now, but it's representative of my work as a landscape painter and Kentucky resident and artist.
LAL: Where do you feel Late Summer Fields stands among your other works?
DM: In complexity, subject matter, composition, and color it's a good representative of my work the past few years; I'm working of looser, more atmospheric compositions of late and enjoying this change.
LAL: What goal do you typically have in mind whenever you create a new work?
DM: Good drawing and composition first of all, then light, shadows, and color.
LAL: Do you have any artists that inspire you? What about their works inspires you?
DM: Zillions of contemporary American and British artists: Kami Mendlik, Scott Christensen, Clyde Aspevig, David Curtis, Kenn Backhaus, Matt Smith and Bill Fletcher of Kentucky!
LAL: Are there any pieces of art that you are most proud of?
DM: Seascapes I've done this summer after a trip to Myrtle Beach.
LAL: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
DM: Develop good drawing skills, analyze the paintings of other artists whose work is appealing- figure out why it appeals to you. Take workshops, read.
Visit his website: danmcgrathstudio.com